Similarly, I live at sea level, and researched this question extensively some years back (and try to stay updated) before a race in the Alps. The short answer would be ’not really’ in terms of physical benefits. That said, those short trips could help you adapt mentally to how it feels to move at altitude and how to pace your effort. I was able to arrive a week early as part of vacation, which allowed overcoming the biggest dip in altitude effects, but it was the opportunity to gauge my effort at altitude and the more extreme vertical that paid off the most. Big difference going from a 40 m ski hill to non-stop 1000 m climbs, and the ability to adjust mindset to that was critical.
I live at sea level and am training for a trip at 11,000 feet. I only have time to travel to the mountains where the trip will take place during the weekend.
Will I see any benefits from a one night and one day trip and long hike at altitude (maybe once or twice before the trip itself)? Am I better off staying home and substituting the drive time with more low intensity work?
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